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November at the Wineries

winery-door.jpgA welcoming display at a local winery near the red door invites everyone inside to find the perfect wines for the coming Thanksgiving feast.  I found a really nice article about turkey and wine pairings that might help those who are wondering which wine to buy. Assuming that the main course is turkey, I suggest serving sparkling, chardonnay, and pinot noir at your feast since everyone has such different tastes and all three go well with the bird.  Something from Laeticia for the sparkling wine, a Zaca Mesa chardonnay, and a Wild Horse pinot noir?  So many choices. 

The leaves on the vines are starting to change, the Central’s Coast homage to autumn.  Besides getting ready for our own Thanksgiving, I attended a harvest dinner at one of our favorite wineries and enjoyed an amazing five course dinner paired with the winery’s best wines.  The chef was French, the winemaker American, and one of my dinner companions someone who has lived on three continents.  A satisfying evening.


Saving Thanksgiving #4

 “Oh, Life is good to me and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need: the sun and the rain and the apple seed.  Oh, Life is good to me.”

                                                                     (Johnny Appleseed Blessing)


Today’s Thanksgiving painting is “Apple Picking” by Pissarro.  My red door is only a few miles away from some wonderful apple orchards which yearly produce crisp, juicy fruit.  Some of the orchardists do apple and cider tasting and one winery in the area produces a delightful apple chardonnay.

Thanks for the harvest is one of the historical bases of the concept of thanksgiving.  Smithsonian has a short article which explains the idea of thanksgiving and is worth a look. 

Being grateful is closely tied to the concept of thanksgiving.  Trying to articulate either is impossible.  I express myself best through music which is why my first three “Saving Thanksgiving” focused on that subject.  On November 1, some friends of mine have their children decorate a shoe box with turkeys, pilgrims, cornucopias, etc.  They cut a slot in the top and all month family members put in slips of paper stating things and people for which they are thankful.  They read the slips as their Thanksgiving meal’s grace.  Sort of a Thanksgiving advent calendar.  There are many other ways we can demonstrate our gratitude.   A good place to start is  This amazing site is full of readings and ideas for you and your family to explore.  I especially liked the section of readings on gratefulness and have been sharing them with friends. 

Fields of Wine

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Some vineyards near the Red Door, not that one ever get tired  of looking at the sea.  It is such a joy on even the foggiest day to be able to drive a few minutes and be in the middle of a vineyard that often times also house a winery which often time has winetasting.  Pinot Noirs are the speciality of the area.  The movie “Sideways” was filmed not too far away.  Here’s my favorite wine joke:

A little boy sat through a Sunday School class and learned about the time Jesus went to a wedding and changed the water into wine.
“And what did you learn from that story?” asked his father afterward.
The boy thought for a moment and answered, “If you’re having a wedding, make sure Jesus is there.”